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Farming

Jury is still out

Dairy cow with bottle of raw milk Farmers who produce raw milk say it's good for you, but the jury is still out, say scientists.

Acupuncture trumps forestry

acupuncture Farming study discovers acupuncture, music, sport and recreation rate above primary industry science as subjects among university students.

'Step in the right direction'

Otago Regional Council community liaison and education officer Rob Schick takes a water sample at a council field day in the Tokomairiro catchment last year. A radically new risk-based approach to dairy farm inspections by the Otago Regional Council has the support of Federated Farmers.

Farm effluent consent approved

Dairy cows An application by a Waituna dairy farm to extend its effluent disposal area has been approved.

Post mortems on cows

Cows graze on swedes Team of experts carrying out post mortems to get to the bottom of a mystery illness that has killed as many as 300 cows.

Opinion poll

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Milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook. Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

Tech take up slow

NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

Water tax will raise prices

Farm effluent consent approved

Dairy cows An application by a Waituna dairy farm to extend its effluent disposal area has been approved.

Post mortems on cows

Team of experts carrying out post mortems to get to the bottom of a mystery illness that has killed as many as 300 cows.

Council bullying claim

a2 milk claims scepticism

Jury is still out

Farmers who produce raw milk say it's good for you, but the jury is still out, say scientists.

Environment focus

roast beef Sheep and beef farming-funded group focusing on environmental research to help the sector deal with what is seen as a juggernaut.

Holy Cow, it's a girl!

She was destined for the meat works, but instead this fertile cow has just delivered her 23rd live calf.

Scholarship win scores US trip

Breaking fresh ground

Filled with bulls

An enthusiastic bench of buyers have paid top prices for quality bulls at Wingrove Stud's auction in Taranaki.

Wool sector unity closer

wool New Zealand's fragmented wool industry has taken a small step towards consolidation.

Wool vote under way

Farmers are keeping their gut feelings to themselves as the wool levy vote nudges closer to its result.

Red-zone sheep plan roasted

Innovative approach pays off

No time to be sheepish

Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men in Gore about a few dogs.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A head for potatoes

Onion secrets shared

Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Acupuncture trumps forestry

acupuncture Farming study discovers acupuncture, music, sport and recreation rate above primary industry science as subjects among university students.

Poachers fire on workers

Forestry workers are dodging bullets from poachers, says a forest manager.

Sick waterways might gain

Irrigation conference for Oamaru

'Step in the right direction'

A radically new risk-based approach to dairy farm inspections by the Otago Regional Council has the support of Federated Farmers.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.